The Articles Of Faith


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Outline of some of the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints called The Articles of Faith

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The Articles Of Faith

  1. 1. The Articles of Faith Basic beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ben Stout OIT 160 Online Class
  2. 2. What are the Articles of Faith? Today, many people ask common questions of what do “Mormons” believe. These same questions were being asked when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints started in April of 1830. Mr. John Wentworth, editor and proprietor of the Chicago Democrat, desired to know the basic beliefs of the LDS Church, that he might publish it in his newspaper. Joseph Smith, the prophet, compiled a simple and clear letter in response to Mr. Wentworth’s request March of 1942 that is now called the Articles of Faith. The Thirteen Articles of Faith are by no means all inclusive of the Christian doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but they do give a glimpse of key declarations.
  3. 3. 1st Article of Faith “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost” We believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, are three distinct glorious beings. Joseph Smith prayed to know which church was correct. His prayer was answered by a personal visitation from God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. “I saw a pillar of light over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me calling me by name and said pointing to the other – This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” - Joseph Smith
  4. 4. 2nd Article of Faith “We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression” Through this we learn that the human race, the sons and daughters of God, will not suffer for Adam’s fall or what some call “Original Sin”. Joy in this life, and our glorious eternal reward, will be based on our own personal faith in Jesus Christ and our actions that are directed by our faith.
  5. 5. 3rd Article of Faith “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel” People regardless of gender, race, marital status, education, finances, or any other status symbol from which people try to gain identity, may enter into heaven by obeying the laws of God and through the mercy, grace, and forgiveness that the Atonement of Jesus Christ offers.
  6. 6. 4th Article of Faith “We Believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth , Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.” We must have faith in Jesus Christ. That faith should call us to action. The Lord has called the human race to repentance that he may forgive us our sins and receive the blessings He has in store for us. Baptism is a required outward ordinance that manifests our inner commitment to follow in the path of the Savior. Through those having authority, we may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead, to guide us through revelation in our personal mission and purpose in life.
  7. 7. 5th Article of Faith “We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.” In the kingdom of God on the Earth, man cannot declare authority unto himself. He must be called of God, and set apart just as Jesus did with the Apostles of Old. Once Jesus had ordained them through His power and authority then the apostles did go forth to declare the Gospel.
  8. 8. 6th Article of Faith “We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.” The Lord is a God of order. In His church, He ordained The Prophet Peter, The Twelve Apostles, The quorum of the Seventy, and other teachers and leaders to guide smaller congregations. Today in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, these same callings and governing bodies exist as a gift from God to guide and direct the world. These twelve apostles stand as witnesses of Jesus Christ and testify that Jesus Christ lives and that God does communicate with the human race.
  9. 9. 7th Article of Faith “We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues and so forth.” Spiritual gifts come from the goodness of God to improve our lives. If we use the gifts that God has granted each person, in humility and with a desire to help our fellow man, then the Lord will use us as a tool in His hand to edify the world and build up His kingdom on Earth.
  10. 10. 8th Article of Faith “We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” The Holy Bible is a compilation of the words, teachings, manifestations, and revelations of the prophets in the Near East or “Old World” as some would say. The Book of Mormon is a compilation of the same importance. It is a record of the prophets in the “New World” or what we now know as North and South America. The Book of Mormon does not supersede the words of the Bible; it only enhances or complements. Hence it is called “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”
  11. 11. 9th Article of Faith “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God” Communication between God and his children has not ceased. The children of God in ancient times are as important to Him as His children in the present and future times. It essential for the children of the Lord to receive direction from God to guide us. There is a living prophet who communicates with God, even President Thomas S. Monson, with his two counselors President Henry B. Eyring, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
  12. 12. 10th Article of Faith “We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory” Jesus Christ will return to rule this Earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Those who choose to live in righteousness will once again enjoy peace, tranquility, and love.
  13. 13. 11th Article of Faith “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” Men and women though out time and around the world have been persecuted, at times even unto death. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will take no part in religious persecutions as it is unbecoming of a disciple of Jesus Christ
  14. 14. 12th Article of Faith “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” Jesus said ,”…render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” – Matthew 22:21 The Christian world and the LDS Church learn from this the need to be obedient to mortal rulers until the Lord God rules supreme.
  15. 15. 13th Article of Faith “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevole nt, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report of praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”
  16. 16. The End or just the beginning Since the beginning of the Church in April of 1830 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has grown to a total of 13,508,509 members – 31 Dec. 2008 I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have quoted the “Articles of Faith”, but the explanations are entirely mine and do not represent any official representation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.